E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Nereid.   Posted by DainXB - GM.Group: 0
Todd
 player, 347 posts
 Determination: 6
 Stamina: 11
Thu 23 Oct 2014
at 12:52
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
"I'm sick of you guys. Just bug off."

With that Todd delivers a spinning kick at the demon's chin, intending to knock him overboard.

Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll 0 = 8.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 969 posts
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 04:16
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Nereid:
The blue demon collapses, beady red eyes rolling upward, half in and half out of the ripped-open SUV roof. Thick, gelatinous drips of spittle hang from it's yellow tusks. It's horrid breath moves in and out in a rumbling snore...

Todd:
You're pretty sure you heard a jawbone crack as your kick connected with the demon's chin. He flies backward about a block and a half before splashing into the bay.

Behind you, Zhang Jue is incensed. "That's no way to treat my uncle Ye!" she says, struggling against the slatted sail. "Fortunately, I have a very big family..."

True to her words, the rest of the sampan's crew surge up from below decks. Four more blue demons--and these are weilding hook-swords! With well-practiced martial arts tactics they split into teams, two coming from your left, and two from your right!

[OOC: Gain 2 Determination that I'm spending to activate two of the demon's "Brothers in More Than Arms" Qualities. That gives them each Advantage that I'm spending to add +2 to their partner's Prowess. Defend twice against Prowesses of 6! The hook-swords do 4 Stamina on a hit!]

Meanwhile, Zhang Jue is still fighting with the enveloping sail...

Ian:
The blue demon sniffs at the ground, and especially around the wreckage of the two carts. When he rises from his crouch, he looks like an ordinary human! Now you're both indistinguishable from the milling people surounding you...

[OOC: Test Intellect to keep track of the hunting demon in the crowd. Your Criminology Specialty applies.]
Amm-Fibian
 player, 398 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 05:31
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
OOC: Amm-Fibian rolled 5,6
-1 + 9 + 2 = 10 total


Ian keeps watch on the demon as it moves through the crowd...
DainXB - GM
 GM, 970 posts
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 07:33
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
Now it's a game of what humans call "cat and mouse"--he's trailing you, and you're trailing him...

[OOC: Todd defends, then any of you can act in any order!]
Todd
 player, 348 posts
 Determination: 8
 Stamina: 11
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 11:21
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
"You're gonna need a bunch of new relatives!" Todd snarls.

He rips off six feet of railing, snaps it in two, and adopts a left-guard-forward, right-raised-behind fighting stance.

He grins. "Hong Kong, baby! Bring it on!"

The demons attack, and Todd counters, improvised batons and hook-swords whirling with blinding speeds.

"Chow Yun Fat!" Todd cries, as he blocks the first onslaught.

The demons fall back, regroup, and return to the attack with even greater ferocity. Todd responds with even faster blocks and parries.

"Jet Li!" he shouts as he turns the final blow.

He steps back, unharmed, the demons staring in disbelief.

"We're just gettin' started, assholes,"  he says, grin wider than ever. "<tr>Bruce fucking Lee!!!</tr>"

The two Determination points are worth it just for the total awesome of this scene.

First block: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll 1 = 9.

Second block: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll 2 = 10.

Counter strike, applying stick to skull: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll 1 = 11!

This message was last edited by the player at 11:26, Fri 24 Oct 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 971 posts
Sat 25 Oct 2014
at 03:28
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Todd:
Your Stick-to-skull Fu is a rousing success! One of the hook-sword weilding demons is knocked unconscious, and collapses to the deck. The other three spread out, triangulating around you--none of them seem to want to go first...

[OOC: Nereid & Ian can go, in any order, then the bad guys are up!]
Amm-Fibian
 player, 399 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Sat 25 Oct 2014
at 11:01
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian tries to recall anything he can about demons, while looking for a Chinese herbalism and medicine shop.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 973 posts
Sun 26 Oct 2014
at 07:04
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
Human cultures are many and varied--but you've had some time to study them. You remember reading something somewhere...

"'Yaoguai' are mostly malevolent animal spirits or fallen celestial beings that have acquired magical powers through the practice of Taoism. The evil ones are usually referred to as gui (literally, "freak") or m (literally, "demon") in Chinese. Their greatest goal is achieving immortality and thus deification."

A Chinese apothecary is easy to find in Hong Kong. This is a residential area; cramped multi-story apartment blocks for the port laborers and their families. Mixed in, of course, are small shopping areas and markets. Herbal and astringent smells lead you to the place you seek.

[OOC: Nereid is up!]
Nereid
 player, 265 posts
 Determination:04/03
 Stamina 8/8
Sun 26 Oct 2014
at 23:49
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 36):

OOC: How dangerous would it be to try to quickly join Todd on the boat.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 974 posts
Mon 27 Oct 2014
at 06:22
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Nereid:
The SUV has been careering along stretch of highway that curves south between a series of residential apartment buildings and what looks like a natural gas storage facility with docks. The problem is, the highway is on top of a pretty sheer cliff.

Agent Kwai-Pun answers your question. "I can double back, get us underneath the bridge abutment--but we'll move faster without him sticking out of the roof!" She points over her shoulder with her chin at the unconscious demon.
Nereid
 player, 266 posts
 Determination:04/03
 Stamina 8/8
Fri 31 Oct 2014
at 04:45
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 38):

I got this.

Nereid climbs up through the hole in the roof and tries to roll the unconscious demon off the roof

OOC: should I roll?
DainXB - GM
 GM, 976 posts
Fri 31 Oct 2014
at 22:42
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Nereid:
He drops off pretty easily--given that you're pushing him up, then letting gravity do most of the work. :) The instant he's clear of the SUV, Agent Kwai-Pun floors it, skidding into a 180-degree turn and roaring back down the highway toward the bridge!

[OOC: Anyone can go in any order!]
Amm-Fibian
 player, 400 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Sat 1 Nov 2014
at 06:43
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian enters the medicine shop and asks the owner, "What do you have for keeping demons away?"
DainXB - GM
 GM, 977 posts
Sat 1 Nov 2014
at 19:48
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
The man behind the counter is frail and old, with long thin white mustaches drooping on either side of his upper lip. "Cinnabar!" He says. "The true Yin inside the Yang. Paint your body with it, and demons will not come before you."

He putters around in the thousand or so tiny drawers behind him, and comes out with a small plastic bag of dark red crystals. The bag is clearly marked 有毒!硫化汞* in large red characters. "I can grind it fine, compound it into an ointment for you. Very efficacious!" He says. "Ready tomorrow morning, first thing."


*Toxic! Mercuric Sulfide
Amm-Fibian
 player, 401 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Sun 2 Nov 2014
at 09:06
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
"I don't think I want to be rubbing something Toxic to humans all over my body, and I don't have the time to wait till tomorrow, but if you could hurry up and grind it now I will take the dust."
DainXB - GM
 GM, 980 posts
Sun 2 Nov 2014
at 21:00
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
"You worried about cancer, or demons? You need to get a sense of priorities!" He grouses--but he mills down a half dozen cinnabar crystals in a hand mill, producing a fine dust. He sifts it into a ziplock baggie and names a price.

The produce business must be good around here; your host's wallet has the necessary local Hong Kong Dollars to pay the apothecary, and more.

[OOC: Test Coordination vs a Difficulty of 5. The demon is out there on the streets somewhere, sniffing for your trail... You can take +2 for Criminology Expert, since you've been trying not to leave one.]

Nereid:
Sai Tso Wan Road dead ends at the HK United dockyard. The SUV goes off-road and races along the water's edge, beneath the towering bridge supports! "This is as close as I can get to that boat!" Agent Kwai-Pun says. "我希望你知道你在做什么..." she adds, under her breath.

The sampan is right where you left it--and with the sail wrapped mostly around Zhang Jue, it's not going anywhere fast. It's about a hundred and fifty yards from shore, and Todd's on the mid-deck surrounded by three blue demons with swords!

Todd:
The demons egg each other on--nobody wants to go first. It takes them a second or so, then they decide to attack all at once!

[OOC: Defend three times against Prowesses of 4! The hook-swords do 4 Stamina on a hit!]

Meanwhile, Zhang Jue snarls "I tire of this farce! 五气息的龙!" and suddenly purple and orange fire spurts out between the slats of the sail, incinerating it and leaving the woman in red surrounded by whistling, whirling fireballs!
Amm-Fibian
 player, 402 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Sun 2 Nov 2014
at 22:53
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
OOC:  Amm-Fibian rolled 6,2
4 + 4 + 2 = 10!

Todd
 player, 349 posts
 Determination: 8
 Stamina: 11
Mon 3 Nov 2014
at 01:37
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Bursting into flame is a highly effective distraction.

With impeccably bad timing Todd gaps at Zhang Jue just as the demons attack. He hastily steps backwards as they charage, catching his foot in a rope and tripping just as the demons swing their weapons.

His stumble works out better than expected.

Todd's head slams to the deck a millisecond before a sword rips through the air where his nose has been. The tangled ropes pull him to the right as the second sword jams into the deck next to his spine. Todd then pulls his knees up as the third sword slices off the sole of his right shoe.

Todd continues rolling to the stern, and untangles himself an instant before falling in the water. He recovers his balance, taking a moment to glance at his destroyed shoe.

"Oh, maaaan!" he laments. "My Olukai's cost me a hundred and ten bucks!"


His eyes narrow on the demons. "You guys owe me a new pair of shoes!" he says, snapping the rope around the demons.

First dodge: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll -3 = 5.
Second dodge: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll -2 = 6.
Third dodge: Prowess 6 + Martial Arts 2 + Roll 2 = 10.

Followed by a binding attack: Binding 6 + Roll 0 = 6.

Can I spend Determination to create a "bind multiple targets" stunt?

This message was lightly edited by the player at 01:37, Mon 03 Nov 2014.

DainXB - GM
 GM, 982 posts
Fri 7 Nov 2014
at 01:25
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
You keep expecting the shop door to be kicked in by the demon on your trail... but it doesn't happen. Perhaps the rich medley of medicinal odors surrounding the apothecary shop mask produce man's distinctive scent?

"Cinnabar powder is more dangerous than an ointment--very bad if you get the dust inside your lungs!" The old man cautions. (Mammalian lungs seem so inconvenient, from an aquatic point of view.)

Todd:
[OOC: Yep! 1 Determination to Stunt the Burst Extra, allowing you to snag all three in the same Bind. Love the narration, btw!]

The rope whirls through the air, landing in a loop around the three demons--and drwing tight! They're a cluster of blue arms, blue legs, and verdigris-eaten bronze blades!

[OOC: Nereid is up!]
Nereid
 player, 267 posts
 Determination:04/03
 Stamina 8/8
Fri 7 Nov 2014
at 14:24
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
In reply to DainXB - GM (msg # 47):


Jumping out of the car she looks back at Kwai-Pun s she takes off her shoes.

You know, when a guy wears their Superhero gear under their clothes, they look all heroic when they shed their street duds. When I do it, I feel...less heroic more like a fan-service character in an anime. *sigh*


and within seconds, Nereid is diving off the peer and swimming to the boat.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 983 posts
Fri 7 Nov 2014
at 22:30
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Nereid:
The water isn't as warm as Hawai'ian surf, but it's not too bad. Behind you, on shore, Detective Smith and Agent Kwai-Pun exit the SUV. Detective Smith starts to gather up your clothes for you, then hurriedly decides to let Agent Kwai-Pun to do it. Ahead of you, you can see Todd's head bobbing above the lapping waves.

[OOC: The Olympic women's world record for 100m freestyle is just under a minute. I figure It'll take you just under two minutes to cover the 150m to the sampan. That's about the length of this entire panel. :)]

Todd:
On deck, the tangled demons struggle to slash at the ropes with their hook-swords, but that's going to take them a while.

Zhang Jue, on the other hand, is free to act. She juggles the five fireballs that surround her, and her eyes flash purple fire. "This is why I am called 'daughter of demons', mortal!" She lobs each ball gently upward, then they dive at full speed toward you!

[OOC: Gain 1 Determination (that Zhang Jue just spent to invoke her Daughter of Demons Quality, then test Coordination against a Difficulty of 7. Her fireball Blast does 7 Stamina if it hits!]

Ian:
The apothecary clips a business card to the baggie of red powder, wraps the parcel, and hands it over. "If the demons don't get you, come back any time. We're open seven days a week."

[OOC: Todd defends, then anyone can go in any order!]
Todd
 player, 350 posts
 Determination: 8
 Stamina: 4
Sat 8 Nov 2014
at 08:25
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
The fireballs come in fast - too fast. Todd leaps, but fails to get clear before they strike!

Coord 6 + Acro 1 + Roll 0 = 7. Marginal success for Zhang Jue. I could probably spend determination to avoid it, but let's up the stakes!

Todd falls backwards into the boat, shirt burning. He tears it off and throws it over the side.

"I loved that shirt. Got it at the Billabong Pipeline Masters last year."

He rises to crouch and steps forward. "Allright, 'daughter of demons'", he says as he lifts the bundled demons. "Let's see how you cope with this!!!"

He throws the bundled demons at the sorceress. Hard.

I will spend determination here, using my "Resentful Outcast" quality.

Coord 6 + Roll -4 + Det 2 = 4. Bollocks.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 984 posts
Sat 8 Nov 2014
at 22:49
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Todd:
[OOC: Marginal Success! Not bad under the circumstances...]
The hilt of one of the flailing demons hook-swords catches you on the shoulder, almost messing up your throw. Almost...

Zhang Jue leaps gracefully upward, arms and hair spread wide, her skirts and sleeves fluttering in a breeze that only affects her. If she'd been a second faster, she'd have avoided the demon-ball entirely. Instead, the off-center impact spins her like a top! Shrieking, the bundled demons splash into the bay!

Nereid:
You're swimming powerfully toward the sampan, only a dozen yards away. Suddenly, three blue demons, all tangled together in loops of rope rigging, splash into the water directly in front of you!

[OOC: Ian and Nereid are up. Then the bad guys get to go!]
Amm-Fibian
 player, 403 posts
 Currently - AmmFibian
 Determination: 2
Sun 9 Nov 2014
at 22:25
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian wanders back out onto the streets, holding the bag of medicine, looking for the demon...

OOC: If Ian doesn't see the demon still tracking him, he will release control of the man and return to his body.
DainXB - GM
 GM, 985 posts
Mon 10 Nov 2014
at 01:36
Re: E5S5 - Chek Lap Kok Airport - Todd, Nereid, Ian
Ian:
[OOC: Test Awareness vs a Difficulty of 4 to see if you can spot the demon.]